Congratulations to Sean Carvajal and Edi Gathegi of Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train whose “last-minute entrances into the Signature production of this powerful play ensured it had a happy real-life ending.” The pair will receive special awards at the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards at Town Hall on June 3, 2018.
Signature Theatre’s critically acclaimed revival of Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis is also nominated three 2018 Lucille Lortel Awards including Outstanding Revival, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play for Sean Carvajal and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for Edi Gathegi. The production also scored two Outer Critics Circle Award nods for Outstanding Revival of a Play (Broadway of Off-Broadway) and Outstanding Actor in a Play for Sean Carvajal.
Helmed by Obie Award-winner Mark Brokaw, the cast also featured Ricardo Chavira, Stephanie DiMaggio and Erick Betancourt.
In Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Angel Cruz (Sean Carvajal) is a 30-year-old bicycle messenger awaiting trial for the death of the leader of a religious cult. Inside Rikers Island, a terrified Angel is befriended by a charismatic serial killer named Lucius Jenkins (Edi Gathegi) . Lucius has found God and been born again, and now, Angel’s life and the course of his trial will be changed forever.
Guirgis is Signature’s current Residency One playwright. Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train was the first of three plays Signature produced over the coming year. Our Lady of 121st Street, directed by Phylicia Rashad, will be presented in May, with a new play to follow during the 2018-19 Season.
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Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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